Applications for the FY24 Destination Forward Grant Program open from August 9, 2023 through September 13, 2023
The purpose of the Destination Forward Grant Program is to support the development and implementation of tourism infrastructure projects throughout New Mexico.
The program is composed of two tiers with two tracks under each tier. Each tier and track corresponds to your project’s current phase of development requiring funding and support. Technical assistance is available for each tier and track of the program:
- TierIA: Planning and Design – Up to $100,000
- Tier IB: Programming – Up to $50,000
- TierIIA: Construct and Equip – Up to $500,000
- Tier IIB: Modernize and Renovate – Up to $500,000
Who is Eligible to Apply?
Eligible applicants include:
- Local governments
- Tribal governments
- Special districts
Private applicants are generally not eligible unless proof of the project’s public benefit is demonstrated and the applicant partners with a public fiscal agent.
What Types of Projects are Considered?
Project types may vary ( see the grant guidelines for detailed examples), but must be tourism-related, have public benefit, and contribute to tourism infrastructure development in the area impacted.
Please note that alternative avenues of support are more appropriate for tourism events (Tourism Event Growth & Sustainability), tourism marketing for non- tourism infrastructure-related projects(Cooperative Marketing Grant Program) and cleaning and beautifying communities (Clean & Beautiful Program).